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Business leaders in Worcestershire are being alerted on preparing for ‘radical changes’ in tax investigations at a key lecture this month (October 5).

Former district tax inspector Andrew Gotch will brief members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants at Worcestershire Cricket Club on the changes, in the first of a series of talks on major business issues.

The briefing, “Tax investigations – are you up to date?” is aimed primarily at accountants and advisers who are helping local businesses to bring them up-to-date with the new regime.

Mr Gotch, a leading tax adviser, said:  “The tax investigation environment is changing radically.  Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are seeking to ‘work smarter’ and the emphasis is on using the wide access powers under the new compliance checking regime to identify risk earlier and more specifically.

“Records are under the spotlight more than ever - and advisers need to ensure that their clients are sufficiently compliant to withstand scrutiny.

“At the same time targeted initiatives and disclosure opportunities mean that advisers have to respond proactively and quickly to afford their clients the advantages of reduced settlements. HMRC are now starting to pursue those who have not taken up disclosure opportunities.

“The new penalty regime is expanding and gathering momentum - and behaviour is the crucial factor in keeping penalties to a minimum.  This lecture covers practical issues like record-keeping, identifying risk, strategy during investigations and compliance checks, penalties and how to use the Lichtenstein Disclosure Opportunity (affecting offshore accounts?).”

Higgs and Sons solicitors, one of the West Midlands’ largest law firms, have kindly agreed to sponsor the lecture programme.

Celia Adams, chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Worcestershire, said:  “This lecture is packed with essential information based on in – depth experience, to help get to grips with these radical changes in tax investigations.”

She also appealed for young qualified or qualifying Chartered Accountants from Worcestershire practices to act as mentors in The Business Game, now set up for local schools to build business links and career opportunities in the financial sector.

Andrew Gotch, who advises professional firms and their clients on a wide range of tax matters, particularly in connection with contentious disputes with HMRC, is available for advice at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01869 232778.

The lecture starts at 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm.  The cost of attending is £31.00 ex VAT per lecture or £190 ex VAT for a block booking.  To book online see www.icaew.com/westmidlands